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What to Look For When Shopping for a Nursing Bra

It is an undisputed truth that your breasts and cup size are likely to double or maybe triple during pregnancy, while nursing and afterwards. The process of growing a baby includes producing milk in your breast ducks. It’s nature’s way of making sure your infant will be able to have nourishment when born.

The term engorgement refers to the overproduction of milk that has not been expressed (squeezed out by hand or a pump) or consumed by baby. This also causes a new mom’s breast to no longer fit in the bras she wore before becoming pregnant.

Many expecting and new moms will go up in bra size as well. This growth will require her to get an entire new selection of nursing bras, sports bras, lingerie, work bras and more. Fortunately, there are a lot of all-in-one bras on the market to ease the cost of having to go out and purchase a lot of new bras.

Personally, I still wear the bras that I got for nursing because they usually are made of superior material and are quality-constructed to last the test of time. They have to be given all that snapping and unsnapping required while breastfeeding an infant. Some women breastfeed their babies until 18 months and beyond so they have to invest in a top notch bra like Knix which makes a comfy 8-in-1 evolution bra that is multi-functional and stylish.

When shopping for a new nursing bra, make sure to get one that is 100%, a blend of cotton and Lycra or another stretchy synthetic that grow with your fluctuating breasts.  This feature is important because if a nursing bra is too tight and puts pressure on your breasts, it can increase risk of mastitis and clogged milk ducts.

Women with larger busts should look for bras with wide-set strap with extra cushioning, a back band that has at least three or four rows of hook-and-eye closure options and side seams that sit almost under the armpit.

Also, a nursing bra shouldn’t cut into your breasts or cause them to spill out. The straps shouldn’t dig into your shoulders, and the band across your back needs to sit horizontally without riding up.

Good luck nursing shopping!